Photos: FW readers share their ‘family forebears’

Readers have been sharing photos of their Farming Forebears, providing a fascinating insight into our recent and more distant history.

These pictures are a brilliant window on our agricultural past – the people, the places, the machines and the animals that have always made rural areas so special.

Here is another instalment of your fabulous photos.

Golden couple

A black-and-white photograph shows Christine and David in their wedding outfits sat in a car while family and friends stand nearby

Christine and David Cheacker married in 1967

David and Christine Cheacker are celebrating their golden anniversary this year, but these show them on their wedding day – 17 June 1967.

They travelled in style from the Church of St Mary’s in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, to the reception a couple of miles away.

From local farming families, they were both members of Olveston Young Farmers’ Club.

They took on the tenancy of Gilslake Farm, later buying it and continue to farm it today along with their son Simon.

See also: Share details of your farming forebears with Farmers Weekly

Alongside running a mixed livestock farm, they also raised three children. “Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad,” say Helen, Carol and Simon.

‘The German’s Hut’

A young John Farnworth stands in the foreground of a black-and-white photograph with four man standing behind him

John Farnworth was about three or four when this snap was taken. It shows him in the foreground with his grandfather on the left alongside two German prisoners of war and a man believed to be a British army officer on the right

John Farnworth of Bethesda, Gwynedd, sent us this photo, taken in 1947 or 1948.

John is in the foreground, aged three or four. It was at his grandfather Jim’s place – Bromyhurst Farm, Barton, near Manchester.

He is on the left and next to him are two German prisoners of war. John thinks the man on the right is a supervisory visiting officer of the British military.

The picture was taken outside the entrance of what they called “The German’s Hut”. 

“It had a large living room and two small, but very adequate bedrooms. I just about remember these two men and they were always spoken of as being hard working and most pleasant.

“I remember them once coming round to my parents’ farm next door to use my mother’s sowing machine. I well recall from family talk that when they were repatriated they said that Germany would be rebuilt. How true. 

“The hut went into farm use when they left and many a crop of chickens and turkeys were reared in there.

“The hut stood well and in use until my uncle, who took over the farm, eventually retired in 1990. It was demolished when the landlords took the farm back in hand to build the Trafford Centre shopping mall and other modern wonders of this age.”

Cornish history

A black-and-white photograph showing three men each stood behind a cow

Meghan Vellam’s great granddad, uncle and granddad are pictured here with some Guernsey cattle in Cornwall

“This is (left to right) my great granddad, uncle and granddad with their Guernsey cattle in Cornwall,” says Meghan Vellam.

“I am an 18-year-old herdsperson and started working in agriculture when I was 15, following in my granddad’s footsteps.

“He knew I was going to study agriculture at college but passed away a few years ago aged 84. Farming skipped a generation in my family so I’m proud to have brought it back and hopefully make them proud.”

Bringing in the hay

A black-and-white photograph shows Brian Fry standing on straw piled on a cart with two horses leading it

Pictured here is Brian Fry bringing in the hay in 1952

“These are pictures of my father Brian Fry bringing in the hay in 1952,” says Chris Thomas.

“They were taken at Ham Farm in Somerset where he started his married life on the family farm. 

A black-and-white photograph showing Brian Fry on a hay cart led by two horses. Stood by the side of the cart is Jesse Fry

Brian Fry stands on top of the hay cart while his dad, Jesse Fry, stands next to the cart

“Also in the picture stood beside the cart is his father, Jesse Fry, and their two horses, Prince and Shorty.”

The past meets the present

A black-and-white photograph shows a group of people standing outside thatched cottages. In the yard chickens and pigs roam. A horse leads a cart

Roland Price is pictured here feeding chickens in Gellicadwgan Farm’s yard along with his sisters

Ruth Rees sent us the photo taken on Gellicadwgan Farm’s yard in Llanfaredd, Builth Wells, Powys, in about 1910.

The young boy feeding the poultry in it is her great uncle, Roland Price, who is surrounded by his seven sisters. 

A black-and-white images shows Roland Price on a UTV with two people riding horses to the right

Roland Price in more modern times at Gellicadwgan Farm

Fast-forward to 2017 and the picture shows Roland’s family who now farm at Gellicadwgan – his grandson Stephen Price (Ruth’s second cousin), his wife Petrina and their four children (who are Roland’s great grandchildren).

Pre-war pictures

A black-and-white photograph of people working on a farm

This photograph gives a glimpse of farming life before the First World War

Susan Shaw shared three pictures taken before the First World War at her family’s farm – The Grove, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, where her father, who was born in 1890, grew up.

A black-and-white photograph showing the Grove in Harpenden

The Grove, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

The other one is of her great grandfather, Robert Sibley, taken about 1887.

A black-and-white-photograph of Robert Sibley

Robert Sibley

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